8 Fri, 2011 § 6 Comments
If you have never run in the rain, you must — as soon as possible.
I was skeptical of Dave’s claim that few things live up to the joy of running in the rain — or even the mud — but it’s true. I was wet; I didn’t care. Raindrops misted my face; I wasn’t annoyed. As my feet splashed the first shallow puddles, I was radiating. Grey clouds cast shadows on the asphalt & grit; I felt empowered & liberated, ready to push out 8 insane intervals (I love intervals; I think they are fun but insane/hard): 30-second full on sprint + 1-minute moderate jog = 1 interval. After my final interval, I was exhausted but not ready to leave the rain; so I sprinted one more minute, fighting to increase speed until the end.
Rain is Refreshing.
I felt empowered by the elements to make this run count, but you could always just go out, splash & have fun. I still think you should push yourself harder than you think you are capable. Consider it a dare.
8 Fri, 2011 § 2 Comments
I have been cringing at the weather warnings all week, so I did not want to bike to work yesterday. I desperately needed a mid-day break though & wanted to try a yoga class that had come highly recommended.
Fortunately I brought my new (trail) running shoes & decided to run the 2.5-mile jaunt to FACW to the most intense Ashtanga flow class I have ever taken. I liked it though! So much so, I went again today for a mid-morning break with a co-worker.
I felt worked & got in a great sweat yesterday afternoon…but still had to run back to the studio. Even though I still felt ok, I knew it wasn’t the smartest thing to run that many miles without building up to it first, so I did force myself to walk part of the way back. I love these shoes by the way. Should I tell you more about them? Maybe I’ll work on a review over the weekend.
I gently stretched my calves repeatedly & even iced them for a few minutes after climbing last night for good measure.
Today: no shin splints. 🙂
Did you catch we also bouldered last night? I was so drained after my run & yoga, I thought I would just spot Dave. My lunch bowl of quinoa, basil & toasted pine nuts was delicious but didn’t fill me at all. After chomping down a Fruition bar, I had just enough of an energy burst to pull on a few of my projects. What can I say? I guess Spring has me revved up to be ACTIVE!
However, face-pelting hail & a cruel headwind during the bike ride in this morning de-revved me a bit. Looks like this weekend will be all about gym workouts & Spring Cleaning!
Is the weather as fickle where you are as it is here? What are your weekend plans?